Make your own Chai Tea
August 19, 2013
Chai tea has become an adored beverage in North America in the last 15 years. "Chai" is the Hindi word for tea. Chai tea can be made with or without spices, milk and natural sweetener. The proper term for the spiced tea that we love is "Masala Chai" meaning mixed-spice tea. Here I have described the traditional method of decocting the spices together, which makes a very rich tea compared with the tea bag infusions you can buy at the grocery store.
Masala Chai tea has the following beneficial health properties: anti-microbial action, blood sugar regulation, can help to ease intestinal gas and improve digestion, immune boosting and anti-inflammatory effect, as well as antioxidant effective which can be increased by using green tea instead of the traditional black tea. If you are unable to have caffeine or are trying to reduce caffeine intake, make your Masala Chai with rooiboos rather than black, green or white tea leaves.
12 whole cloves
16 cardamom pods
16 whole black peppercorns
2 4" cinnamon sticks
8 slices fresh ginger
2 tea bags or 2 tsp loose leaves (you choose: black, green or white tea, or rooiboos)
2 cups organic milk (your choice: soy, almond, rice, cow's)
Bring water to boil. Add spices and boil for 45 minutes. When water is reddish-brown turn off heat and add tea to steep for 1 minute. Strain out tea and spices, and add milk, if desired. Sweeten with stevia or honey if desired.